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Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm PST
advice this month in the cities. the doctor from japan will advise citizens next month in beijing, shanghai. >>> radiation from the nuclear accident in fukushima forced many people to leave their homes and it's still too high for them to return. some evacuees are so fed up they are taking legal action and suing the government and the firm that owns the nuclear plant and demanding they get the radiation down. 350 evacuees are launching a class action against the government and tokyo electric power company. they're demanding officials bring radiation down to the level it was at before the accident and they're demanding $550 each in compensation. >> translator: i'm from minomasata city. people from my community are scattered from here and there. the main thing we want is to get back to normal. >> lawyers for the evacuees say the class action is the first of its kind. >> translator: this case has huge significance because we are trying to show blame lies not only with tepco but also with the government. >> the evacuees say they'll file their suit on march 11th, the second anderson of
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Feb 27, 2013 7:00pm PST
. they head up a mountain in the city of hakodate at night to see the twinkling lights. but the only nuclear plant in the area has been shut down, and people need to cut back on power. so they're caught in a dilemma. nhk world's toshiyasa sato has the story. >> reporter: seen from above, hakodate looks like a -- especially when the lights reflect off the winter snow. the city has been figuring out how to cut power usage by 7% compared to 2010 without dimming its beautiful nightscape. orio kakutawa stands in the middle of hakodate. it has 20 large floodlights which illuminates a tower from below. lights were removed from the back of the tower. from that angle it seems just the save. >> translator: we want to preserve hakodate's nightscape, but we have to conserve energy. so we came up with this idea. >> reporter: hakodate's old public hall is another famous tourist site. however, the numerous incandescent bulbs in the large chandeliers consume far too much power. so when there are no visitors, the lights are turned off. monitors check when visitors arrive and leave. it's a lot more ef
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Feb 21, 2013 7:00pm PST
city on their daily lives. urban pollution is spreading to the countryside, and it's affecting their health. but some japanese businesspeople have stepped in to help. nhk world has more from hanoi. >> reporter: vietnam's economy is racing ahead. but not everybody is moving forward. hanoi is crowded with motorbikes. across the country, people work with circumstances in the environment. this river running through tepco is dangerous. the environment readings are four times higher than recommended by the government. people living downstream are suffering the consequences. juan and his wife were born and raised in this village. they are farmers who survive by growing rice and other crops. the day is spent walking in the rice paddies. >> translator: the watery fill my paddies with is black. my legs itch from working in the rice fields. water shouldn't be black, but i have no choice but to use that terrible water for farming. >> reporter: there are many such worries about pollution. a new deal originating in japan is gaining public attention. the japan international corporation agency, or j
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Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm PST
cities submitted the request to the central government. >> i don't think there's any need for the construction to go forward. >> reporter: the mayor also said people are worried about the safety of the plant because it's just across the water. city officials say they're considering filing a lawsuit to demand a stop to the construction. >> thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of land waiting to be restored. overcoming the challenges of japan's 2011 disaster won't be easy. but step by step people are moving forward. find out how on the road ahead, every wednesday at 1:00 p.m. japan time right here on "newsline." >>> shocking reports have emerged about the voyage of a group of asylum seekers whose boat was rescued off sri lanka. almost 100 people apparently died during the two-month ordeal from starvation and dehydration. the sri lankan navy rescued 31 adult males and one boy on saturday. they were on a sinking boat in waters off the southeast coast. the survivors appeared weak and thin. others in the group were not so fortunate. a
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Feb 4, 2013 7:00pm PST
their windows to a haze of pollution and residents of other cities are seeing the same things. officials say nearly half the population has been affected by serious air pollution. the official said smog containing fine particulate matter has blanketed a quarter of the land. the air and about 70% of chinese cities doesn't meet environmental standards. each year 15 million more cars take to the road. government officials want to reduce the density of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. a think tank says air pollution exceeded national standards for 27 days in january. people across china have their own opinions on what needs to be done. academics and residents shared some ideas in beijing. the group friends of nature hosted the debate. one par tticipant called for tighter control. another said the government should crackdown on companies that ignore environmental laws. they plan to submit proposals next month. >> translator: we want to the government to be transparent. >> the pollution has turned out to be an opportunity for one company in beijing. the firm is selling can
PBS
Feb 24, 2013 6:30pm PST
." he's now a visiting professor at the new school here in new york city where he's teaching a special course on the financial crash. welcome, richard wolff. >> thank you, bill. >> last night i watched for the second time the popular lecture that is on this dvd, "capitalism hits the fan." tell us why you say capitalism has hit the fan. >> well, the classic defense of capitalism as a system for much of its history has been, okay, it has this or that flaw. but it "delivers the goods." >> yeah, for most everybody. >> right. >> that was the argument. >> and so you may not get the most, but it'll trickle down to you, all the different ways. >> the yachts will rise. >> that's right. the ocean will lift all the boats. the reality is that for at least 30 years now, that isn't true. for the majority of people, capitalism is not delivering the goods. it is delivering, arguably, the bads. and so we have this disparity getting wider and wider between those for whom capitalism continues to deliver the goods by all means, but a growing majority in this society which isn't getting the benefit, is in
PBS
Feb 22, 2013 7:00pm PST
magnitude 6.3 tremor hit the city of christchurch two years ago. nearly 200 people died, including a number of foreign students. nhk world's takao nakajima shows us how the city is remembering and rebuilding. ♪ >> reporter: this is a park in central christchurch, people have gathered to commemorate two years from the february earthquake. >> as we remember the destructive and terrifying earthquake that struck this city and the surrounding area two years ago today. >> reporter: the quake killed 185 people. nearly two-thirds of them were in this building in the city center. it used to house an english language school. it was damaged far more severely than other structures. investigators blame design flaws. 28 japanese were among the victims. some of the relatives visited the site where the building once stood. kazuo horita lost his 19-year-old daughter. >> translator: i feel more painful this year than last year. we want to know why the building collapsed and who is responsible. this should be clarified for the sake of our dead children. >> crews are still rebuilding central christchu
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Feb 17, 2013 6:30pm PST
in new york state. here we have a system in the city if you're running for citywide office or for city council, any contribution up to, you qualify to get into the system, you elect to be in the system, it's voluntary. then any contribution up to $175 is matched six to one -- >> by the public? >> by the public. out of a pool from the general fund from the budget. and that has had a dramatic transformative effect in the way that funds are raised. >> how so? >> first of all, the level of small donation, the campaign finance institute and the brennan center have done some great research and produced some beautiful maps showing the difference in the two systems. if you look at a map of state assembly races in new york city and how many small contributions there are for those races, there are almost none throughout the entire city. look at the same map of new york city for city council races, it's covered. there are small contributions coming from every neighborhood, even the poorest neighborhoods in the city. people who are running for office are reaching out to their constituents, or
PBS
Feb 12, 2013 7:00pm PST
. rebels say they've taken control of the al jarrah air base near the northern city of aleppo. they say they've captured fighter jets and a large number of weapons. they say some of the planes appear to be in working order. rebels seized syria's largest dam on monday. they've been launching attacks on aleppo's international airport. government troops have responded with air strikes on aleppo and the capital damascus. opposition activists say more than 50 people died in the latest fighting. >>> a man has attacked people in the u.s. pacific territory of guam with a knife. local police say he killed two people and he wounded at least 12 other people, 11 of them japanese. the man reportedly slammed his car into a shop in the busy tourist district of tumon. then he started attacking people. hospital officials say the two dead were japanese women. they say the wounded include an 8-month-old baby and a 3-year-old child. fire officials say three people died. police say they've detained a 21-year-old american resident of guam. >>> japanese exporters and stock investors have seen the decline of t
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Feb 1, 2013 7:00pm PST
from the center of the city. other foreign embassies are also in the same area. kurdish separatists and militants have carried out a number of attacks in the past. in november # 2003, a series of bombings killed 60 people in istanbul, two synagogues were also destroyed. one week later they targeted the british consulate and the headquarters of britain's bank. islamic militants said to be related to al qaeda claimed responsibility. in 2008, an armed group and turkish police exchanged gunfire near the u.s. consulate in istanbul. three police officers died. nobody that's claimed responsibility for the most recent bombing on friday. >> algerian officials have for the first time allowed the media inside the site of a fatal hostage siege. islamic militants attacked the natural gas complex last month and kidnapped hundreds of workers. security forces fought their way in. when the crisis was over 37 foreign hostages and one algerian captive were dead. nhk was among the journalists who saw evidence of the conflict up close. >> reporter: about 100 domestic and foreign journalists were taken on a
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Feb 10, 2013 6:30pm PST
now she teaches communications law at the benjamin cardozo school of law here in new york city and is a fellow at the roosevelt institute. susan crawford, welcome. >> thank you so much. >> "captive audience?" who's the captive? >> us, all of us. what's happened is that these enormous telecommunications companies, comcast and time warner on the wired side, verizon and at&t on the wireless side, have divided up markets, put themselves in the position where they're subject to no competition and no oversight from any regulatory authority. and they're charging us a lot for internet access and giving us second class access. this is a lot like the electrification story from the beginning of the 20th century. initially electricity was viewed as a luxury. so when f.d.r. came in, 90% of farms didn't have electricity in america at the same time that kids in new york city were playing with electric toys. and f.d.r. understood how important it was for people all over america to have the dignity and self-respect and sort of cultural and social and economic connection of an electrical outlet in t
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Feb 5, 2013 7:00pm PST
the city of kidal. jean-yves le drian said they killed hundreds of insurgents. malian forces have detained several rebel leaders. le drian said the operation will continue until the malian government controls all of its territory. then he said the french would hand over the mission to units from african countries. french foreign minister laurent fabeu said he would consider withdrawi withdrawing personnel next month if the operation goes smoothly. >>> the leader of syria's opposition coalition has offered to hold talks. the head of the syrian national coalition made the offer in appearances on two television networks. >> translator: we will hold talks if the government accepts a political solution. >> khatib described the humanitarian situation as dire. he said that left the opposition with no option but to negotiate with assad. he proposed negotiations with assad's deputy, vice president farouk al sharaa. >>> people in greece aren't happy over how their lives have changed under a government austerity program. but government officials suggest they may have turned a corner. ai uchi
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Feb 18, 2013 7:00pm PST
for tuesday in paris. >>> visitors to the city office near tokyo are enjoying a display of elegance in miniature form. represent members of the nobility and the customes they wore. citizen groups are showing off an extensive collection. the dolls are the centerpiece of a festival every march. families set them out as a way to pray for good health for their daughters. craftsman have been making the dolls for nearly 400 years. residents collected more than 1,800 dolls from all over the country. they're displaying them to draw attention and visitors. the dolls at the top are seven meters off the floor. >> translator: they reach right up to the ceiling. they're amazing. >> translator: it's wonderful to see something big like this. >> the dolls will be on display until march 9th. >>> people who travel a long way to see natural beauty. mountains, water falls, sunsets. but what about fog? residents of one misty town claim their unusual climate is worth the trip. >> reporter: a chilly winter morning. dawn breaks. a dense fog forms in the mountains sweeps down the river valley. and out to se
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Feb 26, 2013 7:00pm PST
the ancient city. a balloon carrying 21 people crashed into a field. 19 people died. a witness told nhk a fire broke out and burned half of the balloon's basket. he says he saw the pilot and a passenger jump out. he says the balloon rose higher as the flames spread. then it crashed into a sugar cane field. civil aviation minister wai al madawi visited the site of the accident. he says a committee from the ministry will investigate. luxor provincial officials say four japanese are among the dead. a japanese travel agency confirmed they're two married couples from tokyo. the casualties also include tourists from britain and hong kong. >> translator: the basket of the doomed balloon was engulfed in flames within seconds. >> luxor is located about 500 kilometers south of cairo. it's one of egypt's most popular sightseeing areas. the city has ancient ruins such as the valley of the kings and the karnak temple along the nile river. the head of the in cairo points out that severe competition among balloon operators for a diminishing number of tourists may have contributed to the incident.
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Feb 15, 2013 7:00pm PST
damaged at least 300 buildings including a zinc factory in the main city, chelyabinsk. mobile phone networks went down for a while. schoolteachers canceled classes for the day. troops searched for debris from the meteor. they found a whole 8 meters in diameter in a frozen lake 70 kilometers west of chelyabinsk, and they found a crater nearby. some reports say say people have found at least three objects that appear to be part of the meteor within 100 kilometers of chelyabinsk. >> translator: a small asteroid entered the earth's atmosphere and started burning. it looked like a bright fireball in the sky. the meteor fell faster than the speed of sound, and we believe the shockwave is what shattered the windows. with this kind of size, it's very difficult to detect until it actually hits the earth. it's fair to say this event was completely unforeseen. >>> north korea's nuclear test this week drew stern reactions from neighbors. japanese leaders denounced the test and they're getting toward impose new sanctions. now the north koreans have hit back with their own denunciation. the state
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Feb 3, 2013 6:00pm PST
jewish laguardia. >> america has its characters of different regions and at the cities, and in that sense, he was a quintessential american. >> colorful. him ones interviewing one time and stop the interview and said, this is good stuff. i would like a copy of this. [laughter] ed koch, dead at the age of 88. that is the last word. banks. see you next week.
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Feb 11, 2013 7:00pm PST
strides. it provides electricity to aleppo and other northern cities. the rebels have surrounded a aleppo airport and other places around the country. they launched a major attack. they are vowing to liberate the capital damascus. they are worried civil war may be spilling across the border. it killed 12 people and damaged vehicles taking aid supplies to syria. >>> european authorities are investigating several firms in connection with a meat labeling scandal. food safety regulators are looking into the possibility someone deliberately switched beef for horse meat because it's cheaper to produce. officials in britain and ireland studied frozen lasagnes and hamburgers sold this year in supermarkets. the british regulators found 60% of the meat used in lasagne was from horses, but the products were labeled as 100% beef. they recalled them after tests confirmed they contained horse meat. a french company produced the lasagnes using meat from romaine yann slaughter houses. they want those responsible for selling horse meat as beef to face harsh punishment. >>> it's not only the investors foll
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Feb 6, 2013 7:00pm PST
at a fashion show in new york city. the show we're about to see is using a lot of japanese fabrics. the fashion show was held by a high end man's brand in new york. the man's shirt is priced at $290. like many other clothes in this boutique including pants and jackets, the shirt is made with japanese fabrics. fashion brands that use made in japan fabrics are on the rise in new york. >> i've learned about other japanese textiles and in doing that really began to understand why the japanese fabric is so good. >> reporter: japanese textile makers took part in an international trade show this january. many of them came from the areas in japan known for their textile industry. an advisor for the internal trade organization has been helping small fabric makers from japan promote their products in the u.s. japanese manufacturers have the ability to make high quality fabrics that are soft, yet durable and the lightest in the world. >> translator: we should emphasize the technology that only japan has. japanese fabrics are still competitive in the world. >> reporter: these fabrics are becom
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Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm PST
economy of southeast asia keeps growing, more people are flying from city to city in the region. atr is training pilots right in asia. the french-italian company hopes it will urge companies to buy its turbo prop planes. a japanese airline that shuttles between regional cities has decided to start using three of the propeller planes. >> at the beginning of the operation in japan with atr, we are confident that we can be successful. >> higher fuel prices are propelling changes to regional air travel. nhk world, paris. >>> people in norlt north western japan are used to dealing with wintry conditions. this time they're finding themselves under. >> the snowfall has reached record breaking levels. it's already at 502 centimeters which is the record so far this time of year. this is accompanied with gusts of 90 kilometers were hour. both combined are bringing blizzard conditions. the bad news is that the accumulation is going to be some staggering amount in the next 24 hours due to the additional snowfall of another 60 centimeters. another 60 centimeters will likely to bring more record b
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Feb 25, 2013 7:00pm PST
quickly so they can come up with the desired results. >> reporter: many other eyewear companies in this region have been trying to switch to making different kinds of product. sabae, a city in western japan, makes 95% of japan's eyewear. but sales have dropped 30% since their peak in the '90s. that's because customers have been buying more eyewear products from chinese companies. their prices are lower. >> translator: in a few years, sabae could become the hub for making medical equipment. i hope that our products will help many doctors around the world. >> reporter: already the firm is gearing up to make those sales. and if competitors get on the bandwagon, a straggling industry may get a fresh start. nhk world, sabae. >>> the japanese government has been struggling to designate final disposal sites for radioactive waste generated by the fukushima radioactive accident. they oppose the idea of contaminated materials on their territory. now government officials said they'll rethink the way they select the storage sites. the environment ministry plans to ask each prefecture to dispose of
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